Red, White & Blue
Campaigns react to "Students Come First" results
Eric Fink talked with supporters of the "NO" campaign. Here's the story. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The most competitive race across Idaho this election season did not involve a candidate.
The fight over education reform dominated the airwaves as the campaigns racked up a bill totaling more than $6 million. Idahoans have spoken and they have spoken clearly.
With the final vote totals coming in Wednesday morning just before 7 a.m., the On Your Side newsroom can report voters elected to repeal Props 1, 2 and 3 and reject Idaho Schools Superintendent Tom Luna's education vision.
Representatives with the "NO" campaign say this victory is not about politics but the futures of thousands of children who live up and down Idaho.
"This is for the students," Mike Lanza, the chairman of the "NO" campaign said. "This is not for me, or Tom Luna. This is for our kids and their future and the future of the state's economy."
On the flipside, Governor Butch Otter who supported Mr. Luna's education reform platform from the beginning was disappointed with Wednesday morning's results. Gov. Otter criticized the teachers' unions role throughout the campaign.
"Listen, the parents, the patrons, the local school boards they should be in charge, not the unions," Otter exclaimed.
The "NO" campaign will hold a victory celebration Wednesday at Boise High School at 10:30 a.m.